Praying together for a just and compassionate world
Lent is a wonderful time for reflection, action and going deeper in our faith and understanding of God’s heart for justice. TEAR has commissioned a series of seven prayers, created by different authors and transformed into beautiful artwork that you can share with your church, friends or family. Join in the season of Lent as we explore prayerful responses to poverty in today’s world.
Prayer: Linda is a TEAR supporter and chaplain in Busselton WA.
Merciful Jesus, we pray for children all around the world, including those who are part of TEAR’s partners' projects in communities overseas. May all children everywhere be blessed and hear affirming words of love and encouragement. We believe in a healing God who binds up the broken hearted. We pray that heaven will open and unleash the mercy and the love of our faithful God. We believe in the One True God who can do exceedingly, abundantly, beyond what we can think or imagine.
"Let justice roll on like a mighty river...""
As school chaplains, our role is to bring hope, love and nurture to the children we work with, many of whom are wounded. We are trained to be a loving presence and attentive listeners.
As we focus on the despair of the crucifixion this Lent, and finally the hope of resurrection, let us cast our thoughts wide and consider the “little children”. Let us pray for the vulnerable, the voiceless, those who are powerless.
"There is a quiet light that shines in every heart... It is what illuminates our minds to see beauty, our desire to seek possibility and our hearts to love life." - John O'Donohue.
May we all be a gentle voice that nurtures the light within to grow brightly and strongly. May we all speak courage, compassion and kindness into the hearts of those around us. Let us prayerfully choose the path that Jesus walked and guided us to when he said, “Follow me”. Imagine a world where this road less travelled becomes crowded with soul seekers living out the values of love and mercy.
At TEAR Australia, the Lenten season in many ways reflects the journeys of our partners and the communities they work in. Whilst we see the pain, the struggle and the challenges of poverty and injustice, we look forward in hope to a better day.
We invite you to prayerfully consider joining this work of restoration and hope by supporting TEAR’s partners to overcome poverty and injustice.